Interior Design Mission Statement
The mission of the Interior Design Program at Winthrop University is to strive for a high standard of design education in order to provide a learning environment that encourages the development of highly competent interior design professionals at the baccalaureate level. The program focuses on the ability (for students) to design quality interior environments that contribute to the well-being and safety of individuals and groups along with incorporating a concern for the environment and society at large. The philosophy and purpose of the Interior Design Program is based on the following areas that are valued for an interior design program and education.
- Broad liberal arts, basic creative arts, design fundamentals, and design theory- The program is built on the concept of professional education within a framework of liberal arts education.
- Strong understanding of the design process- The program places the focus of interior design education on process. The sequence of courses builds on developing skills in the complex process of interior design. Design problems are solved by students using a thorough and systematic approach.
- Holistic approach to solving design problems across disciplines- The program considers a multitude of factors that influence a design, including client/user needs,human welfare and safety, functional, economical, and utilitarian solutions, as well as physical, psychological, and contextual fit. Design concepts look at the total environment, and also raise awareness for the world environment and issues of sustainability.
- Team approach to the design process- The program recognizes that the design process involves the interaction of professionals from a variety of disciplines.